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Published September 23, 2010, 06:12 PM

Bank Failure Closes Part Of Polk County Road 61

Polk County highway crews put up road closed signs on a section of county road 61 three miles west of Crookston. The river bank has collapsed to the point only three feet of land remains from the road to the edge of the bank.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

A bank failure along the Red Lake River has closes a Polk County road indefinitely. This is the latest in a series of problems the river has caused in the Crookston area in recent years.

Polk County highway crews put up road closed signs on a section of county road 61 three miles west of Crookston. The river bank has collapsed to the point only three feet of land remains from the road to the edge of the bank.

"It's our soils. Basically what it is in the in the valley. They are just susceptible to erosion. And as the river scours them they will drop," Darin Carlstrom, of the Polk County Highway Department, said.

There is concern part of the road could fall if more of the bank fails or a car driving too close could go over the edge. This is not the first time the area has dealt with erosion. A mile east of Crookston, two and a half miles of highway two is being moved after a section sank toward the river. In town, several homes and a hotel had to be removed after the river bank failed.

"It's occurred on highway two and different areas just so happens county road 61 is right up next to against the bank of the river. Due to the scouring, and sloughing it's beginning to drop," Carlstrom said.

The section of county road 61 will stay closed until the county can come up with some solutions to fix the road.

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